Raury’s debut offering is finally upon us in the form of All We Need.
Although this isn’t the first body of work he has offered – he had his free project Indigo Child, which contained God’s Whisper and Cigarette Song – this new release gives Raury his first official release since signing to Columbia Records.
Since appearing on the scene just over a year ago, he’s gained a strong loyal following from fans, dubbed “Indigo Children”, and praise from big names such as Kanye West, Andrè 3000 and Lauryn Hill; the buzz behind this 18-year-old Atlanta born crooner is not something to look over.
The album opens up with the title track, which gives quite a suspenseful opening, which then transitions into a blissful guitar driven backing, with Raury reciting: “Who can save the world, my friend?”. The final verse of this song is what stands out about this track though as it really sets the tone for what this album is going to contain. There is a consistent theme of the American corruption, his love life and what the future holds for this current generation growing up – ‘Soon as we learn to speak we begin our career as actors, always agreein’ with things we’re told to believe in”.
The album is mainly driven by his trusty guitar, but also has moments of some quite impressive production work – whether it’s CPU, featuring Wu-Tang legend RZA, which is very reminiscent of Kanye’s 808 album with the vocal reverb and the simplistic production, keeping the track yet simple but leaving such an atmospheric feel after listening. Another stand out track – not just in terms of production, but just in general in terms of the album – is the lead single Devil’s Whisper for that anthem level chant throughout the song “You better run for the devil” and for the final section of the song, when it becomes less tribal and has a heavy beat switch accompanied by Raury laying down some heat-of-the-moment lyrics like “I’m not trying to be a preacher, I was never a reverend, but I can take your ass to church and show you glimpses of heaven.”
Overall, Raury has really delivered something here in terms of a body of work. The album has a really raw feel – not just in terms of lyrics, as he really opens up in this album – but in terms of sound. It’s very personal, lyrics are definitely a strong focus throughout, and he brings in an Andrè 3000 vibe in terms of lyrical delivery and content. It’s not the strongest debut, but one things for sure there’s longevity in this and his heart is 100% there, the dedication is there and this indigo child is going to be in the main game for a long time to come. This is only the start for Raury.
Listen to Devil’s Whisper below:
Words by Connor Spilsbury-Brown